Web Applications for Online Students

By Mara Strom

With the costs of a college education – whether traditional campus or online degree – finding ways to save time and money is crucial. Free Web apps exist all around to replace costly programs while freeing up space on your hard drive, and this top 10 list offers simple and cost-effective ideas for online students. So go ahead, dive in and have fun!

  1. CollegeRuled Super intuitive app to create color-coded class schedules, to-do lists and more. Link from your Facebook profile to your schedule and access it from any online computer.
  2. Easy Bib Simple app to create works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Makes writing research papers a cinch.
  3. BibMe Free bibliography/works cited maker. It features MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian format. Enter the required information yourself or use the search feature to find the details on books, articles, websites and films.
  4. EverNote Great application for taking notes in class, plus it allows you to convert handwritten notes into searchable data, bookmark Web pages and sync up to your mobile application or desktop.
  5. Remember the Milk Wonderful tool for keeping all the details of your life on time and on track. Plus, when you sync it up with your Google Calender, you can easily manage appointments and errands from one location.
  6. Bubbl.us The perfect application for online brainstorming with study groups and other group projects. Use it to create colorful mind maps online, upload your mind map to your blog, save your mind map as an image and email it to anyone you want.
  7. Posti.ca A virtual sticky note! Use it to create sticky notes and post them around the Web so you can access them from any computer. You can even upload a photo or document to a sticky note and send it out via Twitter or iGoogle.
  8. Book Finder Great app for finding inexpensive prices on textbooks. (Did you know that the average student spends more than $1,000 a year on books alone?) Quickly compare online retailers to find the cheapest price on every new or used book you buy.
  9. Soshiku The perfect app for those of you struggling to keep track of college assignments. Mange your workload and get instant notification via email or SMS, so that procrastination doesn’t become your middle name.
  10. Rate My Professors Not a traditional Web app, but it’s too cool of a free service to ignore on this list. Rate features student opinions about over 1 million professors from 6,000 colleges and universities. While you have to take the advice with a grain of salt, it’s a great place to start if you’re not sure which professor to take for Art History next semester!

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